Zach Davies to Dbacks. $5M plus $3M incentives— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 4, 2023
A surprise signing to be sure, Zach Davies pitched last year with the Diamondbacks and was on pace to be traded but a shoulder injury sidelined him for the entirety of July and he returned to and finished the year with the club. Overall he was - adequate. Before the injury he was a bona fide starter, with a 3.94 ERA across 15 starts. But upon his return, he still performed adequately, with a 4.31 ERA but struggled with sustaining that long into games - his longest performance post injury was 5 1⁄3 innings.
It seemed like the team would go to the stable of young right-handed pitchers in the minor leagues, and that was confirmed after Davies declined his side of a mutual option to become a free agent. But with the team searching for veteran help, they’ve decided to re-sign the player again - this time to a $5 million deal, with $3 million in incentives.
It remains to be seen who will occupy the last spot in the rotation now, both Jameson and Nelson performed just as well as Davies - if not better. There’s also Brandon Pfaadt and Tommy Henry pushing for MLB innings. Could Bumgarner get pushed to the bullpen? It’d be a ballsy move, essentially eating the rest of the contract to let young pitchers get innings in an environment that’s not death to pitchers that is Reno.
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